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Xenesthis Tarantulas - immanis, intermedia, bright, tenebris - Colombia


Meet the Majestic Xenesthis Tarantulas: A Showcase super sought after tarantulas known for their striking beauty and super recognizable carapace patterning.

****I don't have pictures of all the species, working on them currently.  The picture that has the tarantula with the super red is a mature male.  Mature males within this species get the most colorful and impressive looking. ****

Step into the extraordinary world of Xenesthis tarantulas, a remarkable genus that stands out in the tarantula community for its size, vibrant colors, and unique behaviors. Today, I'm excited to introduce you to various members of this spectacular genus: Xenesthis immanis, Xenesthis intermedia, Xenesthis bright, and Xenesthis tenebris. Each of these species brings its own flair and charm to the tarantula enthusiast's collection, making them a must-have for both beginners and seasoned keepers.

Care Details

Temperature: Ideal range for these beauties is 70 to 80°F (24 to 27°C). In these conditions, they eat more, grow faster, and molt quicker, making them a joy to care for due to their adaptability.

Humidity: Xenesthis species thrive in 75-80% humidity. Maintaining this level will ensure your tarantulas are comfortable and healthy. Remember, water dishes are not necessary, but if you choose to use one, it poses no harm.

Housing: As terrestrial species, these tarantulas require specific housing setups:

  • Juveniles and young adults -  Provide plenty of space.  I would go with an enclosure measuring at least 8 inches in length by 6 inches wide.  

Diet: They thrive on a diet of crickets and various cockroaches, such as Dubia and Red-runner. For juveniles and adults, occasional treats like a pinky mouse can be offered, but remember to keep these to a minimum to prevent health issues. Always remove uneaten food to avoid mold growth.

In-depth Facts

  • Latin Names: Xenesthis immanis, Xenesthis intermedia, Xenesthis bright, Xenesthis tenebris
  • Common Names:
    1. Xenesthis immanis: Commonly known as the Colombian Lesserblack Tarantula.
    2. Xenesthis intermedia: Often referred to as the Intermediate Colombian Earth Tiger.
    3. Xenesthis bright: This species does not have a widely recognized common name in the hobby, often simply referred to by its scientific name.
    4. Xenesthis tenebris: This species is also newer and less common in the hobby, typically referred to by its scientific name without a specific common name.

  • Locale:
    1. Xenesthis immanis - This species is found in the humid lowland forests of Colombia.
    2. Xenesthis intermedia - Similarly, it inhabits regions in Colombia, often sharing some overlapping territories with Xenesthis immanis.
    3. Xenesthis bright - Detailed locality information is less commonly available for this species, but like its congeners, it is native to Colombia.
    4. Xenesthis tenebris - Also native to Colombia, specific locale information for this species is limited.

  • Category: Terrestrial, they do not web much.  They like to stay in the open and show off.
  • Size: These tarantulas can reach impressive sizes, with females growing up to 8 inches in leg span.
  • Urticating Hairs: Yes, these species possess urticating hairs as a defense mechanism.
  • Growth Rate: Known for their relatively fast growth rate, making them fascinating to watch as they develop.
  • Life Span: Females can live up to 20 years, while males have a shorter life span.
  • Recommended Levels: Suitable for all levels of tarantula keepers, from novices to experts.

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Safety Disclaimer

Experiencing a tarantula bite is an extremely rare occurrence, and it's important to note that there have been no recorded fatalities due to a tarantula bite. The venom potency varies across species, with Old World tarantulas generally having stronger venom than their New World counterparts. Within the Old World category, the Poecilotheria genus is known for having particularly potent venom.

It's crucial to approach tarantulas with respect and understanding. If you happen to get bitten, which is unlikely, the key is to stay calm. In most cases, the discomfort is superficial and subsides within a few minutes to a few hours. However, bites from species with more potent venom may result in symptoms lasting up to a week. Remember, larger tarantulas tend to have more venom than smaller ones.

Please be aware that I cannot assume responsibility for bites. Tarantula handling should be done at your own risk. In my 11 years of experience with these creatures, I have only been bitten once, by a species with highly potent venom. While the experience was painful, the symptoms had completely disappeared after a week.

Handle tarantulas responsibly, and always prioritize your safety and the well-being of the tarantula.

Whether you're new to tarantulas or looking to add a striking species to your collection, the Xenesthis genus offers beauty, diversity, and a fascinating experience. Dive into the world of these magnificent creatures and discover what makes each one unique!